"Home, the spot of earth supremely blest,
A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest."
~ Robert Montgomery
“The way you keep your house, the way you organize your time, the care you take in your
personal appearance, the things you spend your money on, all speak loudly about what
you believe. The beauty of thy peace shines forth in an ordered life. A disordered life
speaks loudly of disorder in the soul.”
~Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman
"The best way to keep children at home is to
make the atmosphere pleasant, and let the
air out of the tires."
~ Dorothy Parker
Your home doesn't have to be fancy, expensive, or perfect to be enjoyed! It must be full of love and respect, joy and discipline. It is best enjoyed when it is neat and orderly, warm and inviting. My home is simple and (I've been told many times) cozy! We have a lot of home improvement projects that need to be completed...and we work on them as time and money allow. I would love to completely redo my kitchen, walls need patched and painted, ceilings need repainted, floors need redone, our addition needs to be worked on and finished (because right now it serves as an oversized mudroom!). Outside, we have to purchase and install a few more windows upstairs (and get a new one for the kitchen. When we bought this house, it was already there and is double paned. The inside of the double panes is dirty and I can't get to it to clean it ~ drives me buggy!), finish hanging the siding and finish a patch of the roof that needs replaced.
As the homemaker, I do my best to make what we *do* have as tidy, organized, lovely and cozy as possible. One friend, who reads my blog and sees my photos, visited my home for the first time, recently, and was surprised how much smaller it is in real life. She thought the photos made it look much bigger! So, my home is small and nothing "fancy"....it is very much a "fixer-upper" and we thank God for the ability to own our own home (with a VERY affordable mortgage) and work on it as we can. I would never want to be in a bigger/nicer home with a mortgage that could only be paid if my husband and I both worked out of the home. I consider it a *huge* blessing to be home to tend my children and keep my house...even though many see that as a less-than-desirable life.
Sometimes I feel frustrated and over-whelmed with things that need to be accomplished here...and then the Lord reminds me how blessed we are to have a home...and how truly, this is not our eternal home. Often, *home* can be idolized....or the *idea* of home can be. I refuse to make my home an idol. It serves us well and I *will* be thankful. God has been so faithful to us and for me to ever have anything less than the utmost gratitude is truly unacceptable in my eyes.
"A woman should be home with the children, building that home and making sure there is a secure family atmosphere."
~ Mel Gibson
(I know, I know...there is a lot of controversy swirling around him...
but this quote of his, I believe to be truly *right* on!)
“The way we live ought to manifest the truth of what we
believe. A messy life speaks of a messy and incoherent faith.”
~Elisabeth Elliot, Let Me Be a Woman
If therefore our houses be houses of the Lord, we shall for that reason love home, reckoning our daily devotion the sweetest of our daily delights; and our family-worship the most valuable of our family-comforts... A church in the house will be a good legacy, nay, it will be a good inheritance, to be left to your children after you.
~ Matthew Henry
Chris going up on the roof to measure for shingles...
We have had a lot of storms the past few days. They have been the worst at night. The children slept on the floor of my bedroom while Chris sat downstairs monitoring the weather on the computer and his scanner. Around 11pm, we were awoken by loud thunder, lots of lightning and no electric. It was pitch black and no air circulation (by the fan). We all went downstairs and found Chris sitting by lamp light. Our electric came on hours later, in the wee hours...but none of us slept well at all. Humidity with no fan or air movement is just awful. It saddens me that there are people around the world who must live in that condition without the option of a fan. I can't even imagine how hard that would be...unless you get used to it, maybe? I tossed and turned all night. I had to teach spin class early this morning too...I definitely think I am going to need a nap today! ;)